Published: 21/09/2017 08:00 - Updated: 20/09/2017 10:22

We must put our bodies on the line, says Inverness Caley Thistle boss Robertson

Written byPaul Chalk

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.CALEY Thistle boss John Robertson reckons following Burnley’s battling spirit could be an example for his Ladbrokes Championship toilers.

Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat against Livingston make last year’s lowest Premiership finishers have the equal worst goals against record in their division, having shipped 14 goals in just six games. 

Robertson is vowing to freshen his side up on Saturday when they seek to add to their four points gained so far.

Becoming hard to score against is something they have been working on behind the scenes this week and he says an English Premier League fixture last weekend was ideal in terms of what he wants from his team if they are under the cosh.

He said: "There is no magic formula other than hard work. We’ve had double sessions at the start of the week and played a closed door game against Brora on Tuesday and we’ve been working really hard, defensively, on cutting out those errors.

"At times, it’s a question of being mentally strong and putting your body on the line. I saw a great example of that at the weekend in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.

"Liverpool had 35 shots at goal and only scored once, but Burnley had bodies being thrown at the ball and that’s what we have to do.

"I cannot criticise the players’ application, determination or work-rate in training. The intensity is superb and for the majority of the games it’s exactly the same. We just seem to have these little spells where we lose a goal and we lose our confidence." 

Robertson knows that fans are not happy. Neither is he or anyone within the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium with the way things are going.

He insists a couple of wins, perhaps at Dumbarton this weekend then at home to Queen of the South next Saturday, can turn the tide.

He stressed: "It’s hugely frustrating for the players, fans and coaching staff.

"We are putting a lot into games and playing some lovely football, but we are not killing teams off at one end and if we lose a goal we put ourselves under pressure.

"The only way now is to dig it out. Digging out a few results can totally turn our season around. Our play probably deserves another five or six points more than we have got, but the reality is we haven’t got that.

"We have been really loyal to a lot of players in a lot of positions because we wanted to get a line-up that has the consistency of selection and consistency of positioning, but results dictate we need to look to other players."

Robertson knows that fans are not happy. Neither is he or anyone within the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium with the way things are going.

He insists a couple of wins, perhaps at Dumbarton this weekend then at home to Queen of the South next Saturday, can turn the tide.

He stressed: "It’s hugely frustrating for the players, fans and coaching staff.

"We are putting a lot into games and playing some lovely football, but we are not killing teams off at one end and if we lose a goal we put ourselves under pressure.

"The only way now is to dig it out. Digging out a few results can totally turn our season around. Our play probably deserves another five or six points more than we have got, but the reality is we haven’t got that.

"We have been really loyal to a lot of players in a lot of positions because we wanted to get a line-up that has the consistency of selection and consistency of positioning, but results dictate we need to look to other players."

*** See today's Highland News for John Robertson's views on his team's trip to Dumbarton this weekend and what he needs his side to do to give themselves the best chance of climbing up the Ladbrokes Championship.

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